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No WPA or WPA2 with WRT54GS and WPC54GS

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by MulderBean, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. MulderBean

    MulderBean Network Guru Member

    I just cant get WPA or WPA2 to work. Ived tried different official firmwares and HyperWRT official and latest and still nothing. I tried linksys help chat and some loser told me to download BOINGO and that worked but i did not like it and it had ads.
    My equiptment:
    WRT54GS v2
    WPC54GS v1

    Also tried diferent versions of drivers for the WPC54GS.
    ANd no the SecureEasySetup doesnt work neither.
     
  2. bmillsap

    bmillsap Network Guru Member

    I have WPA working on my WRT54GS 1.0 with stock firmware (4.70.6), so I know it works in general. How does it not work? Not at all? I know I had problems with a WinXP client constantly dropping connection using a Linksys PCI card.
     
  3. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Some client software are ticklish about whether you use TKIP, AES, or AES+TKIP. You may have to try each one until it works.

    Make triple sure you have same key set on each end.

    Use a short and simple key for starters.

    Reboot both AP and client by power-cycling, not just a warm reboot. Now try WPA again.

    I am using WPA-PSK AES with 63-character random key using DD-WRT firmware, works fine.
     
  4. MulderBean

    MulderBean Network Guru Member

    My XP laptop just says acquiring IP but the linksys software works and connects. ived tried TKIP, AES, or AES+TKIP on both WPA and WPA2. Im guessing its the WPC54GS PCMCIA drivers that are causing this. THe strange thing is that if i install the drivers and not the linksys software and then install the crappy BOINGO software both WPA and WPA2 work great.
     
  5. bmillsap

    bmillsap Network Guru Member

    I never did get my wife's laptop to work with WPA without dropping the connection every 5 minutes with the WPC54G card. I got a Netgear WG111T, and it never drops at all, plus is noticably faster.
     
  6. bmillsap

    bmillsap Network Guru Member

    I never did get my wife's laptop to work with WPA without dropping the connection every 5 minutes with the WPC54G card. I got a Netgear WG111T, and it never drops at all, plus is noticably faster.
     
  7. MulderBean

    MulderBean Network Guru Member

    I just used Boingo which i dont like but does the job until linksys feels like updating the drivers.
     
  8. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    When a GS card just sits there acquiring the address, then it is doing a speedbooster validation failure.

    Load Thibor's or Avenger's HyperWRT on your router.

    Perform a hardware reset.

    Set it to WPA or WPA personal.

    AES should work, but TKIP-only is more tolerant to provide better connectivity. Older drivers or older cards may not authenticate correctly with AES or WPA2.

    Shut off the speedbooster feature on the Linksys client adapter. Speedbooster is a close range scheme and will not authenticate completely at longer range.
    In fact, not getting an IP address is the most frequent complaint about the speedbooster feature. That's because some of the client cards do not "kick down" to regular 54G wireless when they should.

    Perform a survey to see what channels other routers are using.

    1, 6, 11 do not overlap.

    1, 8, 4, 11 do not overlap.

    And, you can even use. . .

    1, 3, 6, 9, 11 if you have radio dense environments.

    Probably, one should not use channel 6.

    Also, use a unique SSID whereby the first character of your SSID is completely unlike any other in range.

    You may choose to use an alpha character plus your land line telephone number. That way, you can be contacted in case there is a problem with any nearby conflicts or if someone wishes to purchase Internet (in that case do set up MAC filtering as well). This format works. u-713-555-1212

    Set HyperWRT to manual power and type in 84. This will help keep your laptop from getting distracted and trying to sign onto other nearby radio units.
     
  9. MattLL

    MattLL Network Guru Member

    I am using DD-WRTv23 and I have tried every combination possible to my extent of knowledge to get wpa orwpa2 working....Its just a no go for that on both of my routers.

    I have a WRT 54 Gv3 & GSv2. I use a WUSB54GS network adapter on my 2nd pc and no matter what I do to the configuration of the secrity on either router the 2nd pc will not connect.

    I have tried tkip and aes both seprate and together, have gone through multipal channels.

    I am gussing it is my network adapter..........
     

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